The inspiration for the gathering in Wisconsin: A special celebration for Nancy's 90th birthday! Months in advance, emails, messages, and phone calls were made between California, Wisconsin, and Tennessee, with the hope that as many family members as possible could be in town to honor Nancy. Then something unexpected happened, in the spring, after riding the Tour of Flanders,
in Belgium, my father-in-law had a massive stroke. The news was shocking, and the circumstance of him being so far away only compounded our concerns, but he was not alone. Everyone agrees, things would have been far, far worse if not for Phil's sweetheart, Georgia. They had just become engaged, and through language barriers, and all the complications that come up in a medical crisis, especially in a foreign country, Georgia managed everything. A great deal had to be overcome and worked out, and it's really hard to imagine that so many hurdles were managed, including an air ambulance ride from Lilles, France, to Wisconsin. Phil, with Georgia by his side, has a long ride back to recovery, but with determination and good humor, he is facing the journey. It became obvious that there were two
milestone birthdays that we wanted to celebrate, and so the plans grew.
So many wonderful things. It makes me happy seeing all of these pictures, great times with friends and family. I had to laugh when I saw William in the rumble seat. When I was little my dad had a car like that and my sister and I would ride in the rumble seat. It's kind of hard to believe now, but you just reminded me of it. His outfit and demeanor go perfectly, too.
I see in these pictures an enormous amount of love and happiness and gratitude and blessings shared.
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